Sometimes a FromSoftware Soulsborne title will feature some kind of “maiden” to make it easier to level up in the game world. It was the girl in black in Demon’s Soulsthe doll in transmitted by bloodand Melina in Ring of Elden. Crossovers and comparisons between Ring of Elden and games like transmitted by blood are going to happen due to the huge popularity of FromSoftware’s Souls catalog, and similar details like the doll and Melina (especially since they’re not in every game) are going to be picked up by fans.
Patterns, designs, modifications, etc. are all valid points of comparison, but recently a Ring of Elden fan set out to answer an important question: what is transmitted by blood‘s Doll looks like she was in it Ring of Elden? After all, while the Lovecraftian themes of Ring of Elden are clearly there, they are not as powerful as the Victorian transmitted by blood.
Redditor girl_snap_out_of_it sought to design transmitted by blood‘s doll like a Ring of Elden character, supplemented by fashion analysis in The Lands Between. It should be noted that the Redditor is openly not an expert on the subject, but they still wrote an interesting analysis of the influences of Catholicism and medieval fashion on The Lands Between, also exploring the gap between “realistic” and “fantastic”. fashion here. They incorporated these elements into their design, and the end result can be seen below.
With these influences in mind, girl_snap_out_of_it also wrote a little story for the doll as if it fully existed in The Lands Between. The Redditor believes that something like the doll can only be made in Leyndell, which is why the general aesthetic of the Knights of Leyndell can be seen in the doll’s coat and dress. There are also Celtic details associated with the Erdtree worked into the design, due to its connection there. The doll retains her facial details and tied puppet hands, but despite wearing expensive clothes, part of the outfit is old, worn, and tied together.
The backstory explains that she would have been kind of a maiden, even though she couldn’t use the Finger Maidens power, and so she instead offered comfort and help. It seems that the doll would have been linked to the Golden Order, in this interpretation, as an unwitting catalyst for its plots. All in all, it’s a fairly fitting story, flawless aesthetics and design, and an otherwise impressive piece of Ring of Elden fan art.
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